In an effort to effectively articulate the quality assessment roadmap and strategies for its implementation in health professions education, a three-day hybrid conference titled “Measuring Quality in the Teaching Health Professions – Revisiting the Metrics” was held at Gulf Medical University on February 25, 2022. The forum was intended to create an opportunity for educators, regulatory bodies, health authorities, and service providers to public and private healthcare to interact with experts in the fields of quality and evaluation, to share experiences and to propose improved evaluation instruments.
More than 30 speakers, academics and leaders in innovations in health professions education from 37 countries exchanged ideas and expertise at the conference. The meeting, organized by Gulf Medical University, was held in partnership with the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education (UAE), Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA) and Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).
Attracting an attendance of over 3,000 participants, the conference was opened with a keynote address by Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Managing Director, Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA). He said: “I am pleased to launch today this global event which is associated with the re-examination of educational standards in the noble health professions in order to keep pace with the urgent need for a healthy and safe life in the world. world. He further insisted on having a common vision of what medical education should be in the future, plans and strategies to focus on to respond to emergency conditions; as the DHA continues to look forward to all recommendations to improve the standards of medical education and assessment tools needed to make the world a healthier place.
In the same vein, the CAA representative, Professor Amjad Qandil, shared several reforms currently and in the future undertaken by the CAA to improve the standards of assessment in the training of health professionals in order to get better results. He expressed his satisfaction with the positive outcome of the workshops held and said it will help improve the level of education in the UAE.
Further, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor, GMU, said: “Over the past 25 years, the education of health professionals has shifted from an input orientation to an outcome and outcome orientation. From what the graduate knows to what he/she can do, from time-based education to trust-based education. The community will ask us the question: can we trust the graduate of this education system? Can I trust him to treat me, my child or my wife? It’s fitness for the job. It is quality education in its simple yet practical form.
Professor Hamdy added: “We should ask ourselves how the education quality and accreditation systems developed more than 100 years ago in the late 19th century are still in use in the middle of the 21st century. Systems that measure programs by counting the hours of students sitting in a classroom and teachers teaching. Whereas now, learning takes place everywhere, distributed and remote using rapidly evolving technology.
The conference also provided educators with the opportunity to benefit from presentations, workshops and expert discussions, focusing on new approaches and measures of competency assessment related to the different categories of health professions education in medicine. , pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy and others. related trades. The third day focused on conducting in-person professional group workshops, where 250 professors from various universities in the UAE teamed up, to come up with the skills the graduate should acquire and how best to assess them. This combined effort between academia, regulatory bodies and healthcare providers aimed to ensure that a graduate could provide the best healthcare to the people of the UAE and the world.